Greg Berlanti to Develop Futuristic YA Novel 'The Thousandth Floor' into TV Series for ABC

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 - 3:26PM
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Wednesday, 14 October 2015 - 3:26PM
Greg Berlanti to Develop Futuristic YA Novel 'The Thousandth Floor' into TV Series for ABC
Greg Berlanti is slowly taking over geek television. He's already the producer behind Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl (in addition to Blindspot and Mysteries of Laura), and now he's developing the upcoming YA trilogy Thousandth Floor into a series for ABC.

The novel, written by Katharine McGee, takes place a little over a century from now, in a highly stratified society within a humongous skyscraper. The wealthy live on the top floor, while the less privileged are quite literally at the bottom. So basically, this is a YA version of J.G. Ballard's High Rise, which will soon be a film starring Tom Hiddleston, but the premise is interesting enough, so we're not complaining. Go with what works, right?

The official logline reads:

Opening quote
Drama set in 2118, in a thousand-story supertower on Manhattan's Upper East Side. A young woman's fall from the 1,000th floor ignites a scandal that ensnares the top-floor elite and the bottom-floor drones. In this hyper-stratified world, the higher you climb, the farther you fall.
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The pilot will be written by Witches of East End creator Maggie Friedman, who worked with Berlanti on Dawson's Creek (seriously, is there anything he didn't do? He was also responsible for the completely underrated Everwood, for anyone who remembers) and will also executive produce. 

But the craziest part is that the first novel hasn't even come out yet. The first Thousandth Floor is set to come out in 2017, but they're already developing a television series, so it's safe to say that no one involved is lacking for confidence.
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